Finavia signs agreement for new generation of electric aircraft in Finland
By signing the agreement with the Helsinki Electric Aircraft Association, Finavia takes another step towards introducing electric aircraft in Finland.
Finnish airport company, Finavia, has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Helsinki Electric Aircraft Association with the objective of introducing a new generation of electric aircraft in Finland.
Senior Vice President and Technical Director at Finavia, Henri Hansson, said: “Finavia’s objective is to continue the reduction of emissions caused by airport operations, to which all available resources must be targeted. Electric aviation is one of those solutions. We want to invest in the introduction of new aircraft technology and expedite the electrification of domestic flights.”
The first electric passenger aircrafts will be best suited for shorter flights. However, it is important to develop the operating range of electric aircraft as well, especially from the point of view of commercial airline services. If the used electricity is produced with only wind or solar energy, for example, an electric aircraft would fly with zero emissions.
According to research conducted in cooperation between the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, electric aircraft would be the preferred option for travelling distances of more than 400km in Finland due to the aircraft’s speed.
“With electric aviation, flying will become more and more ecological and electric aircraft will become an environmentally friendly method of transport. Electric aviation is quiet, which also reduces noise nuisance,” highlights the Chairman of the Helsinki Electric Aircraft Association, Janne Vasama.
Finavia has cooperated with the Helsinki Electric Aircraft Association since the association was founded approximately two years ago, and has supported the testing and development of electric aviation and the first electric aircraft in Finland. Along with the new agreement, Finavia becomes the main sponsor of the new aircraft procurement.
Finavia and the Helsinki Electric Aircraft Association also cooperate closely with the Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) and with the electric aviation project of the Kvarken Council. The shared objective is to decrease the environmental impacts of aviation and to improve flight connections in the area.